‘Celebrating Success’ is theme of Chamber dinner

by Christi Milligan

NCCCC president Mark Kleinschmidt
NCCCC president Mark Kleinschmidt

The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) will host the 2016 Annual Dinner on March 10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  The annual event, which typically draws more than 500 attendees, is the chamber’s biggest single fund-raising event of the year.

“Celebrating Success” is the theme of the event, which will focus on the positive aspects of the area’s business community. It will also honor two members who have contributed to making the region a better place to live, work and do business. The Community Service Award will be presented to Tony Allen from Bank of America, and the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission for their work in improving public education. The 2016 Free Enterprise Award will be presented to U.S. Rep. John Carney for his efforts to support businesses in Delaware and the Jumpstart our Business Start-Ups Act.

Prior to coming to the bank, Allen worked in the nonprofit and public service sectors. He was the founding president of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League where he advocated for equity in education, minority business procurement and urban revitalization. His work touched thousands of Delawareans including 15,000 small, minority and women-owned businesses and 100,000 Delaware children.

Allen started his career as the co-founder of Public Allies Delaware, a leadership organization for young adults interested in full-time, public service careers. Since 1994, more than 500 “Allies” have graduated from the program contributing nearly 1 million hours of volunteer service to Delaware communities.

Since taking office, Rep. Carney has sponsored numerous bills to help create jobs, reduce the deficit and grow the economy. He is a strong proponent of the “Make It In America” agenda, an initiative that aims to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing sector and create jobs in America by supporting small businesses, investing in infrastructure, and implementing smart tax policy and regulations.

“The Annual Dinner is a great opportunity to take a moment out of our busy schedules and recognize the accomplishments of individuals who have gone the extra mile to help ensure that New Castle County has a strong economic climate so that our 1,300 member businesses can achieve success,” said NCCCC President Mark Kleinschmidt.

Individual tickets for the Dinner are $185 for members and $225 for non-members. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.  There is a cocktail reception from 5 to 6 p.m. and the dinner will be start at 6 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to www.NCCCC.com. If you need additional information contact Heather Fisher at fisherh@ncccc.com or (302) 294-2055.

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